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Aaron Peters Selected to Attend AICPA’s 2018 Leadership Academy

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Aaron L Peters, CPA, was one of only 41 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the Leadership Academy’s tenth graduating class. Aaron was selected based on his exceptional leadership skills and professional experience for the four-day Leadership Academy program, which will be held from October 7-11 in Durham, N.C.

Aaron is the founder and owner of Peters & Associates PC, an accounting firm specializing in tax preparation, planning, and accounting services for individuals and small businesses in the greater Washington, DC area. Aaron began his accounting career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was promoted to manager in the audit practice. He then worked within industry, serving as the Corporate Controller for LivingSocial Inc and later 1776 Startup Network, before starting his own accounting practice. Aaron currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Society of CPAs (VSCPA). He attended the VSCPA Leadership Academy in 2013 and was named one of the VSCPAs Top 5 CPAs under age 35 in 2015. Aaron graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He is a CPA licensed in VA, DC, & MD.

The AICPA Leadership Academy was designed to strengthen and expand the leadership skills of promising young professionals while they network with a peer group of talented and motivated CPAs.

The Leadership Academy features career-development workshops and sessions with some of the accounting profession’s most prominent influencers, including Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA, chair of the American Institute of CPAs, Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA, American Institute of CPAs president and CEO, Association of Certified Professional Accountants CEO, and Mark Koziel, CPA, CGMA, Executive Vice President – Firm Services, Association of Certified Professional Accountants.

Participants were selected from public accounting firms of all sizes, business and industry and consulting firms.

The 2018 Leadership Academy attendees were recommended by their employers, state CPA societies or both. Candidates submitted resumes and a statement explaining how participating in the Leadership Academy would impact them personally and professionally. They also wrote an essay on the topic “The future will bring significant changes to the accounting profession. What do leaders have to get right in order to successfully lead?”

To date, 310 CPAs have participated in the AICPA Leadership Academy, many of whom have gone on to take on leadership positions in their firms, businesses and volunteer organizations.

More information about the AICPA Leadership Academy is available online.